7 Dec 2022

Barrister Richard Anthony Joseph Gibbs was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal which concluded on 6 December 2022 following a number of charges of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

The charges related to Mr Gibbs’ dishonesty when applying for both pupillage and tenancy, whereby he made a series of statements that were not true with respect to his career and business. Mr Gibbs also failed to be open and cooperative with the BSB as he did not report in full the extent of the serious misconduct and the inaccuracies in his CV. The panel considered the dishonesty to be repeated and deliberate.

Commenting on the order to disbar Mr Gibbs, a BSB spokesperson said: “It is not acceptable for a barrister to repeatedly and deliberately dishonestly misrepresent their career. The tribunal’s unanimous decision to disbar Mr Gibbs reflects this.”

The tribunal’s decision is open to appeal.



Notes to editors

About Richard Anthony Joseph Gibbs

Richard Anthony Joseph Gibbs was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Inner Temple in October 2012.

About disciplinary tribunals

The Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service (BTAS) is responsible for appointing and administering Disciplinary Tribunals on behalf of the President of the Council of the Inns of Court and its tribunals are independent of the BSB. The BSB is responsible for bringing charges of professional misconduct against barristers, which BTAS tribunal panels then adjudicate. The sanctions imposed are a matter for the tribunal having regard to the facts of the individual case and the BTAS Sanctions Guidance.

About the Bar Standards Board

Our mission is to regulate barristers and specialised legal services businesses in England and Wales in the public interest. For more information about what we do visit: http://bit.ly/1gwui8t

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